GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A new bishop will be named next week to replace Bishop William J. Dendinger, 75, the seventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Island.
The bishop’s name will be announced during a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Cathedral Square.
Dendinger has served as bishop of the Grand Island Diocese since Oct. 14, 2004. Church law requires bishops to submit a letter of retirement at age 75.
Dendinger, a native of Coleridge, was ordained a priest on May 29, 1965, for the Archdiocese of Omaha. He then taught at high schools in Petersburg and Elgin from 1965 to 1970.
Dendinger’s work as a priest from 1970 through 2001 was during a career in the Air Force that took him around the world. He retired a major general.
In 2002, he became pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha, where he served until being named Grand Island’s bishop.